Looking for the perfect destination for a lavish getaway this summer? When it comes to Europe’s hottest holiday spots, it doesn’t get much better than the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, both of which are known for their style, sophistication and all-round beauty. With breath-taking and iconic white-washed architecture, a thriving foodie scene, numerous pretty beaches and awe-inspiring sunsets to take in each day, both destinations are located in the Cyclades group of islands and surrounded by the glittering Aegean sea – and while Mykonos has earned itself quite a reputation for its pumping nightlife scene and party atmosphere, Santorini is its more tranquil counterpart.
Whether you’re looking for a break filled with excess, or sheer rest and relaxation, these Greek holiday spots have got all bases covered between them, and one thing they both come up trumps on is luxury. This summer, the hotly anticipated Kivotos Hotel and Villas has brought two exciting new properties to the islands’ opulent accommodation scene, providing the perfect place to stay on both Mykonos and Santorini.
Originally intended as a family villa, the flagship property set in Mykonos, is just a few minutes away from Mykonos Town. This sophisticated gem is home to 41 suites and villas, and features a stunning collection of contemporary art and antiques complemented by bespoke luxury services. Think glass-fronted private pools, panoramic views, exquisite culinary experiences, and a world-class Spa and you’re on the right track – it’s truly a thing of beauty, and the perfect place to base yourself during your exploration of the island to experience the very finest in lavish facilities and amenities and impeccable service.
Guests can indulge their palates at three restaurants, including the ‘Nero Nero’, which offers the finest private dining options on the island; ‘La Pirate’ known as the seaside paradise of Mediterranean flavours; and ‘La Meduse’, for fine dining culinary experiences.
Kivotos Mykonos also features two exquisite bars, including a lounge bar, serving a range of local and international wines and spirits, and a pool bar which urges guests to enjoy the sizzling Mykonian sun accompanied by a delicious cocktail or frappe to cool off with.
Over on Santorini, its sister-property can be found nestled in the pretty village of Imerovigli, on THE most exclusive spot of the island, offering unparalleled views of the breath-taking caldera. Home to just five suites and four villas, the boutique offers world-class service, and jaw-dropping sunsets and the utmost in exclusivity – so if you’re looking for peace, quiet and privacy away from the throng then you’re sure to find it here.
Known to travellers as a love letter to the ethereal beauty of Santorini’s volcanic landscape, Kivotos Santorini is a hotspot for couples, honeymooners, and VIP guests, including A-list celebrities and royalty.
Just 15 minutes away from the island’s airport, this stunning hideaway is a black architectural gem that stands out of the crowd, resonating with the volcanic formation of the island. The hotel features impressive minimalist modern interiors accompanied by the same dark colour scheme which blends in harmoniously with the stone and cave-like luxury accommodation.
The five suites and four villas of Kivotos Santorini are the epitome of luxury and superior craftsmanship. Inspired by the island’s volcanic landscape, the resort offers a complete range of five-star accommodation, from exquisite rooms and outdoor pools to multi-room villas and cave suites with private heated pools where guests can enjoy spectacular views throughout the season. The hotel offers a bespoke selection of food and beverage which travellers can enjoy from the comfort of their villa, such as the signature Champagne breakfast, or you can also treat your taste buds to traditional Mediterranean dishes using local ingredients at the signature restaurant, Mavro.
The Cycladic duo of Mykonos and Santorini are renowned for their exceptional hospitality, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that they have been frequented over the years by famous faces including Heidi Klum, John Legend, Xabi Alonso, Shakira, Gerard Piqué and Calvin Klein, along with royalty including Prince Albert II of Monaco.
This summer, the brand welcomes acclaimed chef Jean-Charles Métayer to create his renowned masterpieces for guests on both islands. Métayer is well-known for his award-winning restaurant Le Pavillion in Athens, which combines creative Greek flavours with French flair. The protégé of the legendary Michelin chef Jacques Le Divellec, Métayer has spent many years honing his craft in fine dining establishments across the globe including New York, Paris, and Davos.
His food will be featured in two dining venues – Mavro in Santorini, and Nero Nero in Mykonos. The collaboration will see him create exciting new menus in both, using the freshest local Mediterranean and Greek elements together with the skills and techniques of French fine dining. Famous for his love of seafood, the new menus will include mouth-watering favourites such as Greek mullet, amongst other fish and local lamb. Both Mavro and Nero Nero restaurants at Kivotos Hotels & Villas provide beautiful settings for diners to enjoy a gastronomic feast – so book yourself a table, and you’re certain to be in for a treat.
Mavro restaurant, located in Imerovigli, Santorini is perched on one of the highest points of the caldera. The restaurant provides diners with idyllic views of the island’s iconic volcano and is the ideal spot to watch the spectacular Santorini sunset. Guests are invited to experience the primal beauty of the island’s volcanic cliffs as they dramatically fall into the Aegean Sea at one of Santorini’s most romantic spots.
Moving to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, Nero Nero is located in picture-perfect Ornos Bay. The restaurant is an intimate one-table for two, created for diners to experience the most private and luxurious moments. The restaurant offers multiple private dining options, including an intimate meal on the decking or on the hotel’s yacht!